Feeling Lucky?!!

Our May meeting is 1 week later than usual, on Monday May 20 at 7PM and will be a night of Fun and Games featuring "Quilters Strip Poker". This is a lot of laughs activity with the potential for someone to go home with enough collected fabric strips to make their own Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.  

To participate, each member should bring their sense of humor and 13 jelly roll type strips (strips of fabric measuring 2 1/2 inches wide by approximately 42 inches long). If you don't have strips, a limited number of packets of strips will be available for purchase at $5 a packet. (We would like to reserve these packets for that night's guests, so would appreciate regular members doing their own stripping - er..... doing their own CUTTING of strips in advance!!!)

Don't forget, in May we don't meet on the 2nd Tuesday due to church use of our normal meeting room that night. We meet on May 20, the 3rd Monday, for this month only. If you show up on the 2nd Monday looking for the strip poker game, the church may have something to say about what we do at our meetings! :)

Sliver Piecing or Sliver Syndrome?!

Have you ever seen an absolutely delicious dessert and told yourself that you will only treat yourself to one little sliver... and then another and maybe another?  I've always called that the sliver syndrome!  April's speaker takes the "sliver syndrome" in a healthier direction, but her quilts are just as tempting!

At our April meeting we welcome Lisa O'Neill, creator of the sliver piecing technique and author of Sliver Quilting.  Lisa has made some extraordinary quilts using this cool technique and she'll share with us where it came from and how it all happened!  Lisa has created a variety of different looks with this technique and she says it is easy to create complex-looking designs.  Join Lisa to see her quilts, and learn how she does it.  And no…there is not one bit of paper piecing involved!

Check out Lisa's amazing quilts at http://www.athreadfromtheedge.com/

Lisa will have copies of her book available for sale.

Healthy & Happy Sewing Machines -- With Debbie Byrne!

Where would we be as quilters without our tools?  Fabric aside (plenty of fabric!), most of us have assembled a collection of favs - rotary cutters, rulers of all sizes and functions, markers, scissors and the list goes on.  But unless you piece entirely by hand, your most important and probably your most expensive tool is your machine. 

Our speaker for March is Debbie Byrne.  Deb grew up in the sewing industry working in her family's store.  She does fashion sewing, heirloom and home decorating, and a little quilting, too!  She knows fabric, needles and threads and, as the owner of Byrne Sewing Connection, she has come to know those wonderful machines that we value so very much.  Join Debbie as she talks to us about how to keep those machines healthy and happy…what maintenance we should be doing on a regular basis and how to do it…and how to troubleshoot any problems we might be having.  Is your thread breaking?  Getting those annoying thread knots on the back of your sewing?  Maybe your stitches just aren't looking as nice as they used to?  Let Debbie give you some tips to solve those problems, or better yet, avoid them in the first place.  For most of us, our machine is by far our most expensive tool so join Deb to learn what you can do to keep it humming happily!

Quilting Goes Wild and Crazy!!

Please join us on Monday, February 11th at 7pm as County Line Quilters welcomes quilt book author, Eleanor Levie. Eleanor’s topic is "Quilting Goes Wild And Crazy”! Eleanor’s quilts are vibrant and fun- even some crazy vintage quilts! Who said that vintage quilts had to be traditional?! Plus, Eleanor will share her new book “Quilt Blocks Go Wild” and we’ll have a chance to play and turn a classic quilt block into our own original design. I can’t wait and I hope that you join us!

From Antique to Unique!

Come visit with us on Monday, January 14th at 7pm when local antique textile enthusiast,  Ann Hermes, talks to us about "Pennsylvania Patchwork Pillowcases And Other Small Treasures". She will be sharing pieced and appliquéd items that date to the early 1800's and were typically made by the Pennsylvania Germans. Ann has extensive knowledge of vintage fabrics and has had her work featured in national and international quilt magazines. She transforms her antique finds into miniature quilts, pincushions, ornaments and other small items. Some of these vintage gems will be available for sale.  Hope to see you there!

On a personal note, I would like to thank some of our quick-sewing members who were able to quickly provide me with pillow cases just after Christmas.  I took 27 pillow cases to the Yankee Quilter store in Seymour, Connecticut.  These pillow cases along with the ones that have been sent to them from all over the country will be distributed to the surviving students of Newtown, CT.  When I dropped off the pillow cases, the owner of the quilt store told me that they had received 5,200 pillow cases -- and that was just at one of the 2 stores collecting them!  I'm sure that they will have enough for every child and adult.

Sew Ho Ho!

Our holiday meetings are always filled with great food and fun, so please join us this year on December 10th!   This year's program will put us in the mood to Sew Ho Ho!!  There will be festive food, 3 holiday craft demos by some of our talented guild members (all would make great gifts!) and our traditional Pollyanna gift exchange.  Bring a NEW wrapped quilt or sewing related item of approximately $10 value to participate in the exchange.  Food and fun begin at 7PM!

Also, in the spirit of giving, we are collecting items for the holiday wish list of the residents of Laurel House, a shelter in Norristown for abused women and their children.  The items needed are listed below.  If you choose to provide a gift card, please write the dollar amount on the card envelope or cardboard backing so it can be properly reported.

See you on the 10th -- With bells on!!

 

Laurel House Holiday Wish List:

Gift cards - Wal-Mart, Target, Giant, Shop Rite or Wawa

Clothing - new or never worn:

  • New Women's coats (sizes L, XL and Plus Sizes)
  • Women's gloves, scarves and hats
  • Women's pajamas (size small, medium and large)
  • Women's robes (all sizes)
  • Boys Pajamas (sizes 8, 10, 12)
  • Girls Pajamas (sizes 10, 12)
  • Children's thermal undershirts and long underwear (all sizes)
  • Slippers - women's and children's
  • Pantyhose - darker colors, medium, large and plus sizes

Bedding - new

  • New warm blankets (twin sized)
  • New twin sized sheets

Miscellaneous

  • Blow dryers
  • African American Hair Care Products
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Vacuums
  • Detergent
  • Paper Towels
  • Toilet Paper (septic safe)

Congrats!

Congrats to Joyce Hughes who has been named McCall's Quilting's Quilt Design Star winner this year in the Professinal category!  And to think we knew her when...

In case you missed it, check out the great article that appeared last week in the Intel... click here!

Lots of fun ahead at our meeting on November 12th!

We’re ever thankful that we will enjoy the return of 2 of our favorite events!  Hope to see you

Annual Guild Challenge Quilts:

If you’ve been working on a quilt for this year’s challenge, “A Reason For Quilting” bring it in a brown paper bag and meet Gina in the closet at 6:45PM.  A brief written story about how the quilt reflects this year’s theme should be included.   If your name appears on the quilt, please cover it for tonight’s challenge (blue painter’s tape works great)

While the quilts are being hung and admired, we’ll start the

Trash To Stash Auction!!

Too much “stuff” in your sewing space?  Are there patterns, books, fabric and sewing gizmos that you now wonder why you ever purchased? How about things you bought more than once, because you didn’t remember purchasing them the first time?!  Or stuff you were stuck with by well intentioned non-sewing friends and relatives??

Start your spring cleaning early and bring those unwanted extras to County Line Quilters’ November 12 meeting for a fun auction night!  Your “trash” will find its way into someone else’s stash – and do some good for the guild at the same time!

There are two ways things can be brought in for auction:

n  As Donation to the guild – what you bring will be sold, with all proceeds going directly to the guild treasury.   For your convenience, donation items can be dropped off at the Round Bobbin Quilt Shop in advance of the meeting, or can be brought to the meeting itself.   Our lovely auctioneer will set a price for them and find them a new loving home!  If donating fabric, please mark how much yardage each piece is.  We may group your donated items together into “lots”.

 

n  As Consignment – we will auction off your item and you will receive payment for it at the end of the night, minus a 25% commission to the guild treasury.   Items for which you wish to receive payment must be brought in on Monday November 12 at 6:30PM and registered with Sue Edelman and Nancy Wilkinson.  (No early drop off at the Round Bobbin)   You’ll set an opening bid price for each consigned item.    If it sells you’ll receive 75% of its sale price with the other 25% going to the guild.   If unsold, you’ll take it home that night.  If donating fabric, please indicate how much yardage each piece is.  Feel free to group items together in “lots” so that we can move the auction along.   If you do that, you’ll only need to set an opening bid for the full lot.

 

Either way, you’ll help Your Guild’s finances and have a fun evening of purchasing new to you treasures to cherish!!   (check  or cash – small bills preferred)

Guests are welcome to join in the fun too!  We’re meeting on Monday, November 12th at 7pm at Lenape Valley Presbyterian Church on Route 202 & Ute Roads in Chalfont, PA.

Vote for Joyce's Quilt!!!

Help our extremely talented Joyce Hughes win the final round of McCall's Quilting's Design Star Challenge Final Round (Professional Category)!!   The name of her quilt is "Together, the Better of Both Worlds...A Country Boy and A City Girl" and of course, it's incredible!  Don't you agree?  If so, please vote for Joyce! 

Click here to Vote!

You can vote every day through October 21st

Get Ready for Gina!!

On Monday October 8 2012 at 7pm, we will feature our very own Gina Gempesaw.  Our quilt guild is made up of some absolutely amazing quilters!  Gina has been a very active member of our quilt guild since she joined 11 year ago.  In recent years she has been in charge of our challenge quilts and our raffle quilts – always with remarkable results!

Gina will be sharing with us her “Stories My Quilts Told Me”.

Gin is a published pattern designer and incredibly creative quilter.  After her talk she will have some of her designs and favorite notions available for sale; cash or check only.

I, for one, can’t wait!  I love Gina!